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Project Details - Lancaster University (ISS Building)

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Shackerley clads new Lancaster University building

Wilson Mason & Partners have specified Shackerley's ceramic granite ventilated facades for Lancaster University's new £7.6 million Information System Services (ISS) Building, seeking to provide protection from the elements and improve its thermal efficiency and BREEAM rating with the minimum structural loading on the building frame. Sureclad ceramic granite cladding was specified for reasons of overall cost, quality of materials and the design and installation flexibility offered by the Queen's Award winning system.

Taking advantage of the extensive choice of ceramic granite colours and finishes available in the Sureclad range, the architects have combined light and dark grey ceramic granite panels in a 'riven stone' finish with a highly polished, reflective black panel, delivering a building which looks different from every angle. Although the architects specified Shackerley's most popular and cost effective 1200x600mm ceramic granite panel format for use on all the elevations, by orientating the cladding panels horizontally and vertically and by staggering the joints, they have created contrasting facade styles and supported their random fenestration design.

James Potter of Wilson Mason says "Cost was an important factor in our choice of Sureclad ceramic granite on this project. We considered a wide range of different cladding options including glass fibre concrete, polymerised polyester concrete, render, and indeed other ceramic systems on the market. When we balanced the costs and quality of each product, and took into account the modularity of each system and range of design options available to us, Sureclad ceramic granite stood out from the crowd. We even decided to use the material internally to create exceptionally hardwearing high quality flooring and deliver visual continuity."

He concluded: "Lancaster University is very pleased with its new building which has naturally attracted a lot of attention for its unusual design. We"re very pleased indeed with the results and having seen the versatility and quality of the Sureclad ceramic granite ventilated facade system, we're looking forward to working with Shackerley again on other projects in the future."

The ISS building was constructed by main contractors John Turner & Sons and the ventilated facades were installed by ECL Contracts. The environmentally efficient building has achieved a BREEAM rating of 'Excellent'.